Gardenerd Gazette

October 15, 2012 – 02:16 pm

2. Fall To Do’s

If you haven’t started yet, there is still time to get the garden ready for fall. Here’s a quick list of To-Do’s for fall:

Pull Summer Crops – some may have already given up the ghost, but for others you have to pull the plug. Use the Iron Fist of gardening and send those leggy, strung-out plants to the compost heap.

Bed Prep – add an inch or two of compost to each bed. Turn it in, if you prefer, or just water it well. Your soil biology will start to mix it together for you.

Start Seeds – we mentioned them at the beginning of this newsletter, but if you want an official list, here is what you can plant this fall:

Lettuces: loose-leaf and head varieties.

Greens: arugula, mustard greens, collards, spinach, and Swiss chard.

Herbs: parsley – flat and curly, cilantro, thyme, fennel, mint, sorrel, and lovage.

Brassicas (in mild climates): broccoli, cauliflower, cabbage, and kohl-rabi.

Root vegetables: carrots, parsnips, beets, turnips, and radishes.

Bulb Vegetables: Green onions, and Garlic! Grow your year’s supply of garlic in as little as 4 square feet.

Vines: Peas, and sweet peas (for color).

Winter Grains: winter wheat and other grains can be started in fall before snow sets in.

Green manure crops: these are cover crops that lock in nitrogen and that build up the soil: fava beans, clover, hairy vetch, and the like. Dedicate one raised bed per fall season for this wonderful soil builder and you will have a loamy foundation to start with in spring. and both offer a great selection of cover crop seeds.

3. Gardenerd Tip of the Month – Tips for Fall Planting

We have a lot of great blog posts to guide you this fall. Want to plant kale or peas? We’ve got you covered. Thinking about trying shallots this year? Check out our blog post. Get your garden growing this fall:

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